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Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist

» written by hinatasou [Discuss]


“…this thrilling, multi layered series will take the audience back to the formative years of the iconic characters, Ryu and Ken, as they live a traditional warrior’s life in secluded Japan. The boys are, unknowingly, the last practitioners of the ancient fighting style known as ‘Ansatsuken’ (Assassin’s Fist). The series follows them as they learn about the mysterious past of their Master, Goken, and the tragic and dark legacy of the Ansatsuken style. Can their destiny be changed…or will history repeat itself?” - from the official Press Release (


The web series is a prequel taking place prior to the video game Street Fighter 1. Heck it’s before even Street Fighter Alpha with scenes of childhood Ryu and Ken. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of training, discipline, and katas (forms) put in to the show to highlight martial arts. The story matches tradition against the thirst for power as the characters search to unlock the secrets of the hado. Goken reminds me of Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid. My favorite quote is Goken quoting Gen: “There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.”


Released on May 23, 2014, I didn’t know about it until June 6 when I was doing a random search on Youtube for Street Fighter. I wish there was more advertising for Assassin’s Fist. Perhaps I’ve been away from the industry for too long. It just seems to be one of those gems that you hear by word of mouth or that will spread like wildfire on Facebook.


» The Pros
Shirtless Ken and Ryu sleeping at night = Hot! ;)

» The Cons
Fansubs have better subtitling. ALL CAPS.

» Animation
It is live action with special effects for the fireballs of course. I expected the Raging Demon to be flashier. The photography is stunning. Scenery simply spectacular.

» Sound
Remixes of Ryu and Ken theme. Ken's cassette player was a nice throwback to the times.

» Story
The story jumps back and forth from Ryu and Ken to Goki (Akuma) and Goken. There is a juxtaposition of the strong relationship between Ryu and Ken like the bond of brothers. Compare that to Goki and Goken who were rivals. It’s the classic good versus evil. Throw in Sayaka as the love interest, and you have the perfect blend of romance, fighting, and certainly humor. The wise cracking old man is a hoot. And oh yes, Megaman 2!

» Recommend
Assassin Fist is light years ahead of Legend of Chun-Li and the Jean Claude Van Damme movie. It leaves you wanting more. In fact, as soon as I got wind of it I marathoned episode 0 to 12 in a day. It is the epitome of Capcom fandom. I heard there’s going to be a season 2. While you wait check out "Street Fighter: The Later Years" or search on Youtube "Street Fighter x Tekken: The Devil Within" and "Street Fighter: Beginnings End".


» Other Information
Language: Both English and Japanese with English subtitles

None but potentially a future DVD/Blu-ray and behind the scenes.

The stars Ryu and Ken back to back with Goken praying on top



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